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Per l knee MRI report, what is grade 4 medial compartment chondromalacia with high-grade, full thickness condral loss? Mild patellar tendinosis?

Per l knee MRI report, what is grade 4 medial compartment chondromalacia with high-grade, full thickness condral loss? Mild patellar tendinosis?

Cartilage loss: We all lose cartilage to some degree as we age, which is the cause of arthritis. There is a spectrum from mild thinning, to complete absence. Full thickness chondral loss refers to an area where there is no cartilage. Mild patellar tendonosis refers to a mild inflammation in the patellar tendon, the tendon which connects your patella (knee cap) to your tibia (shin). ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Chondromalacia (Definition)

Chondromalacia describes injury, destruction or abnormal appearance of cartilage within a joint. Chondromalacia is most commonly described in the knee (Chondromalacia Patellae) and is usually the result of irritation or inflammation in the joint that has the ...Read more


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Mri report: 1. Complex tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus; 2. Grade ii/iii medial compartment chondromalacia; 3. Grade II patellofemoral compartment chondromalacia; 4. Small joint effus?

Mri report: 1. Complex tear of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus; 2. Grade ii/iii medial compartment chondromalacia; 3. Grade II patellofemoral compartment chondromalacia; 4. Small joint effus?

Yes...: Your MRI report notes you have a torn inside cartilage (medial meniscus) associated w/ moderate arthritis on the inside (medial) compartment of the knee. You also have moderate chondromalacia of the patellofemoral (kneecap) joint and some joint fluid (effusion).See a board certified ors for possible arthroscopy.Your prognosis worsens w/ > arthritic change in your knee. Good luck! ...Read more

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MRI of l knee I see a dime size white spot on my bone. Is that what is referenced as "medial compartment chrondomalacia" or could it be osteoncrosis?

MRI of l knee I see a dime size white spot on my bone. Is that what is referenced as "medial compartment chrondomalacia" or could it be osteoncrosis?

Impossible to: Venture a guess based on limited information and lack of the images themselves. If you have no training in MRI interpretation, you will go nuts trying to decipher all of the sequences and the various darker and brighter areas that they produce. ...Read more

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MRI results on L knee- Patellaofemoral, medial compartment Chrondomalacia with slight joint effusion. 1yr post MCL repair. Do I need another surgery?

MRI results on L knee- Patellaofemoral, medial compartment Chrondomalacia with slight joint effusion. 1yr post MCL repair. Do I need another surgery?

No surgery needed: The results are consistent with thinning of the cartilage in two of the three main compartments of the knee. This is essentially osteoarthritis of the knee with the swelling (aka effusion) likely a result of that. You do not need surgery for this, you need to have an effective plan for managing arthritis in the long term. An orthopedic specialist can help you create such a plan. ...Read more

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What is grade 4 chondromalacia medial patellar facet?

What is grade 4 chondromalacia medial patellar facet?

Arthritis: Of the Kneecap on the inside of the knee. Grade 4 suggests significant cartilage wear/tear. Will result in pain with walking, running, going up/down stairs. See a orthopedic specialist to see in physical therapy can strengthen the knee and decrease stress in the area, otherwise surgery may be an option. Lastly, stem cell therapy can be helpful as well. Check out Regenexx. Com ...Read more

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Treatment for grade 4 chondromalacia medial patellar facet with patella alta with pt / pl ratio of 1.6?

Treatment for grade 4 chondromalacia medial patellar facet with patella alta with pt / pl ratio of 1.6?

Varies: It varies in part on your age, the condition of the other compartments of your knee, and the overall alignment of the limb. Grade IV chondromalacia infers severe loss in the normal cartilage under that part of your knee cap. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Small meniscal root tear, high grade chondral fissuring partial thickness on the medial femoral condyle, grade 4 chondromalacia patella is this bad?

Small meniscal root tear, high grade chondral fissuring partial thickness on the medial femoral condyle, grade 4 chondromalacia patella is this bad?

Try conservative rx: Seems like most of the damage is under the patella. If you have locking you might need arthroscopy, I would first try terminal extension excercises training the quads without putting much pressure on the patella. In addition research has shown that Asperin could help the surface cartilage heal. In addition, MSM (Puritan Pride) could be helpful as a nutraceutical supplement. ...Read more

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Is 6 mm grade II chondromalacia along mid medial patellar facet synonymous with arthritis? How common and how serious is this? (very athletic female).

Is 6 mm grade II chondromalacia along mid medial patellar facet synonymous with arthritis? How common and how serious is this? (very athletic female).

No.: Years later it might progress to it, but not now, at this stage.
Keep being active as it strengthens the muscles and with time, your symptoms may to some or a great extent decrease.
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Moderate joint diffusion. Minor chondromalacia and medial femoral condyle. Some pericruciate synovitis about the ACL but no signs of a tear?

Moderate joint diffusion. Minor chondromalacia and medial femoral condyle. Some pericruciate synovitis about the ACL but no signs of a tear?

Joint fluid analysis: One thing that would be helpful here is to know the joint fluid analysis. The data suggest this is mechanical, but the joint fluid can help decide if it is mechanical or inflammatory. At your age we have to keep the differential diagnosis open you need to see a rheumatologist to see if there's any other evidence of a systemic arthropathy. You can discuss this with your physician ...Read more

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What is chondromalacia medial femoral condyle and chondromalacia patella? My MRI of the left knee result. Is this serious? What is the treatment?

What is chondromalacia medial femoral condyle and chondromalacia patella? My MRI of the left knee result. Is this serious? What is the treatment?

Difficult: Chondromalacia means damaged cartilage, usually from abnormal wear and tear. There is no full cure. Damaged skin leaves a scar and same on inside of body. Physical therapy and long term home therapy and avoiding aggravating activities are appropriate. Finding any aggravating or precipitating musculoskeletal imbalances is appropriate. Surgery is last choice when all fails and intractable pain. ...Read more

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My MRI results say chondromalacia involving the medial femoral condyle as well as the central trochlear groove also joint effusion what does this mean?

My MRI results say chondromalacia involving the medial femoral condyle as well as the central trochlear groove also joint effusion what does this mean?

Cartilage injury: Chondromalacia is damage to the cartilage surfaces of joints. In the knee it's similar to the wearing away of tire treads. This can cause inflammation which can produce increased fluid in the knee (effusion). If you have minimal pain and no locking, strengthening your thigh and leg muscles is recommended. Icing and anti inflammatories and pt can be helpful. Arthroscopy is recommended with locking. ...Read more

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24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?

24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?

Absolutely: Nonoperative treatments like strengthening and therapy are always the first choice before surgery. When you have given these a real effort, and are still bothered by your complaints, then the only real option to get better may be to have the 20 min scope procedure and move on. Give it an honest try and then decide if surgery is right for you. ...Read more

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Mri says partial tear of anterior, posterior cruciate ligament, grade3 chondromalacia, subchondral cysts in medial tibial condyle, is operatn right thng?

Mri says partial tear of anterior, posterior cruciate ligament, grade3 chondromalacia, subchondral cysts in medial tibial condyle, is operatn right thng?

See good knee...: This is purely an MRI reading of your knee.'partial' acl and PCL tears in your age group means very little to me unless you had a very significant, recent knee injury w/ a hemarthrosis. (which u don't have).'chondromalacia' (of what. Mfc, lfc, patella?) means you have a component of arthritis in your knee. See a qualified, respected knee surgeon to discuss your options. Best of luck! ...Read more

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MRI Diagnosis of Horizontal undersurface tear posterior horn medial meniscus and Grade II Chondromalacia patella with trace knee effusion. Surgery?

MRI Diagnosis of Horizontal undersurface tear posterior horn medial meniscus and Grade II Chondromalacia patella with trace knee effusion. Surgery?

Obviously you have -: -symptoms, so if the trouble is locking, giving way, the findings indicate a mechanical problem in the knee. You need to follow the advice of your orthopedic surgeon who is familiar with your case, especially if you have treated with him/her for a while. The surgery is only driven by your symptoms. The thing to remember is there is no orth prob so severe that it can't be made worse by surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Sabb
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Chondromalacia Patella (Definition)

A condition of pain in the knee. It is thought to be due to damage to the cartilage on the ...Read more